Thanksgiving Star Cider Punch

November 10, 2011
Author Notes

Far from the usual, this warm punch is made with pear nectar, red wine, and honey that's steeped with star anise and dried hibiscus blossoms. Star anise, gives it a licorice-like flavor. —Kukla

  • Serves 8
  • • 1cup dried hibiscus blossoms
  • • 4 cups pear nectar
  • • 2 cups red wine
  • • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • • 1 cup star anise
  • • 1/3 cup honey
  • • star anise, fresh pear wedges, if desired
In This Recipe
  1. Pour 2 cups boiling water over 1/2 cup dried hibiscus blossoms (Jamaica) and let steep 5 minutes. Meanwhile, warm 4 cups pear nectar, 2 cups red wine, 1/4 cup lemon juice, and 2 star anise over low heat.
  2. Strain hibiscus infusion into a large pitcher, add pear nectar mixture, and stir in 1/3 cup honey. Serve warm in mugs. Garnish each serving with a whole star anise and fresh pear wedges if you like.
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